Chilling Moment Russia Launches Missiles From Mobile Coastal Defence System At Ukrainian Forces

Russia has launched missiles from mobile, coastal “defence” systems, which it claims have hit the “military assets of the Ukrainian Armed Forces”.

It is currently unclear where exactly the footage was shot, but the images appear to show the Bastian mobile launch system pointing towards the sky while protected behind some low, coastal cliffs on what appears to be a sandy beach, possibly in Crimea.

To the left of the footage, military camouflage appears to cover Russian military gear. A few seconds into the footage, a first missile is fired.

The footage of the strikes of the Bastion complex on the infrastructure of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. (Russian Defense Ministry/Newsflash)

It can be seen shooting up into the sky before pivoting 90 degrees thanks to a secondary blast located towards the tip of the nose cone, before a piece of the missile detaches and the ordnance shoots off horizontally towards its target.

Seconds later, a second missile is fired from one of the missile systems, this one located a little further along. A third missile is then fired and it shoots off just like the first two before a fourth weapon blasts off as well, as the footage ends.

Newsflash obtained the footage from the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) this morning (Wednesday, 23rd March). The MoD claims that the footage shows a “Bastion high-precision coastal missile system” firing missiles and striking the “military assets of the Ukrainian Armed Forces”.

The footage of the strikes of the Bastion complex on the infrastructure of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. (Russian Defense Ministry/Newsflash)

The information was also relayed by RT, formerly Russia Today, which has been banned in the United Kingdom, with its licence being officially revoked by the British Office of Communications (more commonly known as OFCOM), the government’s broadcasting regulation authority.

The Bastion mobile coastal defence system, officially the K-300 Bastion, is typically armed with anti-ship missiles and was designed to take out maritime vessels. But it can reportedly also be directed at other targets.

The system is equipped with electronic jammers and anti-aircraft defences, according to Russian state-owned media outlet Gazeta, which stated in 2015 that the missile system had been deployed to Crimea in 2014.

The footage of the strikes of the Bastion complex on the infrastructure of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. (Russian Defense Ministry/Newsflash)

Russian President Vladimir Putin is quoted in the state-owned newspaper as saying in 2015: “‘Bastion’ is a defensive complex that protects the coast, protects the territory.

“It does not attack anyone, but it is an effective, modern, high-precision weapon.

“So far, no one has such a weapon. This is perhaps the most efficient onshore complex in the world today.

The footage of the strikes of the Bastion complex on the infrastructure of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. (Russian Defense Ministry/Newsflash)

“Yes, and at some point, in order to make it clear that Crimea is reliably protected, we transferred these Bastion coastal complexes there.”

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in February 2014 and has staged a large part of its invasion of Ukraine from the peninsula, allowing it to orchestrate a three-pronged land offensive.

Troops have crossed the border from Russia from the east, with land forces also crossing over from Russian ally Belarus – whose company Tekhnosoyuzproekt reportedly participated in developing the missile system with Russia – from the north after supposedly taking part in so-called military exercises with them.

The footage of the strikes of the Bastion complex on the infrastructure of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. (Russian Defense Ministry/Newsflash)

Finally, a strong land offensive came from the south, which is where Russian-controlled Crimea is located.

The UN’s International Court of Justice has ruled Russia’s invasion of Ukraine illegal and has ordered Putin to remove his troops immediately. Former British Prime Ministers Sir John Major and Gordon Brown have called for the creation of a Nuremberg-style international tribunal to investigate Putin.

The proposal has been co-signed by 140 intellectuals and academics, as well as Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and Benjamin Ferencz, who is 102 years old and who prosecuted Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg.

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